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u-blox partners with Ingenu to develop modules based on RPMA technology


As the cellular Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, it is becoming paramount that the communication technologies best‑suited to support the IoT devices must be specifically designed for the unique needs of M2M applications.

u‑blox has chosen to partner with Ingenu, the pioneer in delivering connectivity exclusively to machines, to create the next generation of modules based on Ingenu’s patented RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology. With this partnership, u‑blox complements its existing roadmap of modules supporting 3GPP licensed technologies such as NB‑IoT and LTE Cat M1 with RPMA, an unlicensed technology in the global 2.4 GHz ISM band. With 177 dB link budget, RPMA devices have unprecedented range, even underground or indoors, and because RPMA utilizes the globally available 2.4 GHz industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio band, devices using it can work worldwide, providing scale and cost benefits. u‑blox selected RPMA, because it is similar in performance and reliability to the 3GPP technologies the company already supports, while offering some specific and unique benefits.

In a world where devices communicate seamlessly with one another, it is crucial to optimize technologies for the sporadic transmittal of small data packages. Connections to devices even in hard to reach locations must be assured, while they maintain their high power efficiency, allowing for years of operation on a single charge.

Such is the case in the oil market for example, where companies rely on the collection of data from oil wells, which are often located in remote locations. Since RPMA utilizes the globally available 2.4 GHz ISM band, it is possible to use the same end‑point device in installations around the world, no matter what their location. And, because RPMA utilizes a stand‑alone broadcast channel to deliver firmware updates to connected devices, critical security patches can be delivered quickly to millions of devices at the same time.

The NANO‑S100 is the first RPMA module for IoT applications made in partnership with Ingenu. It is designed to support  LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT applications such as asset tracking and smart metering. The NANO‑S100 from u‑box features extended temperature range and will allow for simple integration of positioning services. Availability will be in Q1 2017.

See the new devices for yourself, and explore how easy it is to develop IoT applications with RPMA, from November 15 to 17 at European Utility Week, Barcelona, Spain, Booth 69, Hall 3H.